Gravity's Rainbow (Paperback)

Author: Pynchon, Thomas

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In the mid-1960s, the publication of Pynchon's V and The Crying of Lot 49 introduced a brilliant new voice to American literature. Gravity's Rainbow, his convoluted, allusive novel about a metaphysical quest, published in 1973, further confirmed Pynchon's reputation as one of the greatest writers of the century.


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140188592
SKU 30015686
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140188592
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 1.75T
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Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr, was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family on Long Island, one of three children. His father was an industrial surveyor. He graduated from high school in 1953 at the age of 16, second in his class, and went to Cornell University on scholarship as an engineering physics major. After two years, he left Cornell to serve in the Navy, returning to Cornell in the fall of 1957, when he changed his major to English. His first novel, V, was published in 1963, and won the William Faulkner Foundation Award for best first novel of the year. (When questioned in an interview about the novel's alleged difficulty, Pynchon asked, "Why shouldn't things be difficult?") Pynchon is considered one of the giants of American fiction, and is famous for, among other things, being reclusive and unwilling to give interviews.
"At thirty six, Pynchon has established himself as a novelist of major historical importance. More than any other living writer, including Norman Mailer, he has caught the inward movements of our time in outward manifestations of art and technology so that in being historical he must also be marvelously exorbitant.""
"... he is searching for the same complex imitations of complexity that Joyce, Proust, Faulkner, and now William Gass use so beautifully. There is no reason to think that he will not soon succeed. The man is only 35 years old, and the language of each of his novels is more interesting than the last..."
"An event... 'Gravity's Rainbow' is bonecrushingly dense, compulsively elaborate, silly, obscene, funny, tragic, pastoral, historical, philosophical, poetic, grindingly dull, inspired, horrific, cold, bloated, beached, and blasted.... an exceedingly complex work of art."
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First Line A screaming comes across the sky.
Annotation Tyrone Slothrop is an archetypal innocent abroad, but in the worst possible circumstances: he's an American on a mission to locate V-2 rocket-launching sites in war-torn Europe. On a larger level, the novel illustrates the struggle between those who perceive and rebel against the war, seeing it as an overt movement toward the obliteration of the individual, and those who suppress individual identity to serve the war machine controlled by "Them." Which side Slothrop is on remains highly ambiguous. An encyclopedic work much like Joyce's ULYSSES, this is perhaps one of the two or three most critically acclaimed and pondered novels of the 20th century. GRAVITY'S RAINBOW is dedicated to Richard Farina, a young writer Pynchon met at Cornell whose promising literary career was cut short by a fatal motorcycle accident. In 1974, the Pulitzer Prize Committee recommended this novel unanimously, but the Pulitzer Prize Board rejected it as "obscene" and "unreadable." As a result, there was no prize awarded that year.
Editors Note Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce'sUlysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Number of Pages 0768
Publisher Penguin Books

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